By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing. - It’s interesting to note that Golden Boy President Oscar De La Hoya faced both Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao in the ring.
He lost to both of then – though his encounter with Mayweather on May 5,
2007 was at least competitive. So competitive in fact, that one judge
scored the fight in De La Hoya’s favor.
Why De La Hoya stopped working off his jab that night, will always be a mystery.
no mystery in what happened to De La Hoya when he tangled with Pacquiao
on December 6, 2008. Pacquiao did whatever he wanted. He outworked,
outpunched, and outdid De La Hoya in every possible way. The result was
eight rounds of pummeling before his corner stopped the fight
Recently, De La Hoya discussed a potential mega-fight between his vanquishers, Messrs. Mayweather and Pacquiao.
"We've worked with Mayweather now for the last six of his fights,” said
De La Hoya during a recent interview with NBC Sports Network. "Great
fighter, great athlete, great reflexes. I think stylistically,
Mayweather has the upper hand because of the fact that he's faster and
that he's more precise. Pacquiao,
he's a machine. Don't get me wrong, he's a tremendous fighter. It would
be a tremendous fight. But I would give the edge to Mayweather."
Mayweather, 35, looked good in defeating Miguel Cotto two months ago in
Las Vegas. Though some feel he may be slowing down, this boxing scribe
(who was there) doesn’t agree. Mayweather fights the way Mayweather
feels like. He felt like rumbling with Cotto that night.
The result was a great night for boxing fans.
On the other hand, Pacquiao, 33, hasn’t been very impressive in his last
two fights. He was lucky to get a win over Juan Manual Marquez in 2011.
Las Vegas squared the books against Timothy Bradley last month, robbing
Pacquiao of a decision victory. Still, there’s something missing in the
Pacquiao used to fight with the passion of an excited child at recess.
The passion is now resignation. Maybe the next time Pacquiao fights, he
can enter the ring to B.B. Kings classic tune, “The Thrill is Gone.”
It’s likely against Mayweather, Pacquiao will discover his missing zeal and probably his hunger.
As Apollo Creed said to Rocky Balboa, “Eye of the tiger man…eye of the tiger.”.
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